Diane Naegel, Rest In Peace

Diane With Friends, Las Vegas, 2011

We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Diane Naegel, founder of Zelda: The Magazine of the Vintage Nouveau and co-producer of Wit’s End along with her partner, photographer Don Spiro.  We wish to offer our sincere condolences to the family, friends and fans of Diane.  She was tremendously loved in the international burlesque community, to say the least, and will be greatly missed.

In 2009, our friend Will Kenton interviewed Diane for Cultural Capitol; you can read the full interview here.

Some of our favorite quotes from that interview follow.

In lieu of flowers, Don requests that you please make a contribution to either Trinity Lutheran Church or the Evelyn Lauder Breast Center at Sloan Kettering.


“When I was 3, I asked for King Kong and Godzilla to be put on my birthday cake. Ha!”

“When I’m not in vintage evening attire, I’m usually in 40s day dresses or tees n’ jeans (favorite is my holey 70s tee that reads ‘rock n roll lives’ in pink on faded black or stealing Don’s Bauhaus tee).”

“I’m a mac n’ cheese fanatic…I take note of all of the best spots in the city to get great mac n’ cheese…(but then again, you do have those days where all you want is the Kraft make-it-at-home-from-the-packet stuff!)”

“I hate most vegetables, pulp in my orange juice, chunky peanut butter (it’s a texture thing), and Rush Limbaugh types.”

—Diane Naegel


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